Transformation of education in South Africa has led to the introduction of Outcomes Based Education (OBE) and Curriculum 2005. This curriculum has to be implemented at different levels in order to reflect the transformation process. Educators and student educators today are faced with perhaps more challenges than ever before.
According to the Norms and Standards set for them, educators have to fulfil numerous roles, including being able to
- act as mediator in new approaches to learning
- design and interpret learning programmes
- adapt learning programmes to address barriers to learning
- continuously assess, record and report on learners' progress
- be aware of the content of all official documents and policies and all aspects of the curriculum in order to implement them
- undertake lifelong professional development.
Teaching and learning in South African schools offers sound, detailed and practical direction to help new and experienced educators and student educators move with ease within the framework of teaching and learning.
This book will enable them to
- understand the management of teaching and learning in schools
- apply the relevant roles of the educator to teaching practice
- ensure staff development and partnerships with parents and communities.
Dr Pierre du Plessis is a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. He lectures in both the departments of Curriculum Studies and Education Management. He has presented several papers at national and international conferences. He obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Pretoria and was a school principal for seven years.
Dr Lloyd Nolan Conley is a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. He lectures in the Education Management department and is involved in teacher training. He has presented several papers at national and international conferences. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg and was a school principal for four years.
Dr Elize du Plessis holds a D.Ed. degree. She is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Unisa and has 16 years' experience in distance teaching. She is an experienced developer of course material for student educators. She has presented papers at national and international conferences.
List of acronyms
Chapter 1 Teaching and learning: the educator as mediator of learning
Chapter 2 Curriculum design and outside agencies: the educator as interpreter and designer of learning programmes
Chapter 3 Assessing, recording and reporting: the educator as assessor
Chapter 4 Continuous professional development: the educator as student, researcher, lifelong learner, and area/subject/discipline/phase specialist
Chapter 5 Partnerships with parents and local communities: the educator as citizen and pastor member of a community
Chapter 6 School culture and environment: the educator as leader, administrator and manager
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